In case you wanted evidence of how low ICE agents are willing to sink in pursuit of their unethical goals, federal immigration agents went to an elementary school in Queens, NY to question a fourth-grade student Thursday. Fortunately, school officials were able to protect the child thanks to a preemptive policy from the mayor who saw this coming.
CBS New York reported the incident happened at Public School 58 in the Maspeth section of Queens, and it was the first time a situation like that had occurred since Mayor Bill de Blasio put a policy in place in March to turn away federal agents who show up without warrants.
“We’re not allowing [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] agents in the building because I think parents are so afraid right now, and are worried that an agent could literally come into a building and single out their child; we want them to know that can’t happen under this policy,” de Blasio said in March.
Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña said in a statement that all students, regardless of immigration status, are welcome in New York City public schools, said CBS.
The incident is being investigated by the city’s Immigration Affairs commissioner.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services sent a statement to CBS that read, “While I cannot discuss the details of the case, I can confirm that two USCIS officials visited an elementary school in Maspeth, Queens, as part of an administrative inquiry pertaining to an immigration benefit request.
“Although school visits are not routine in these circumstances, they are not unprecedented,” the statement continued. “I must emphasize that the purpose of the visit was to verify certain facts about the student’s enrollment in relation to a request for an immigration benefit. At no time did the officers ask to see or speak with the student, who was not the subject of the administrative inquiry.”
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)